Neil Hill, an advanced placement history teacher at Putnam City West High School, will receive a 2013 Southwestern Region AP Award from the College Board later this month in Dallas.
The award recognizes educators who have demonstrated significant positive impacts with the advanced placement program.
AP classes are college-level courses students take while in high school. If they pass end-of-class AP exams with a sufficiently high score, they can earn college credit. Because AP classes require students to use college-level critical thinking, problem-solving and writing skills, and because they must adopt the time-management skills, discipline and homework habits of college students, succeeding in high school AP classes helps students succeed at the next level.
Brenda Chapman, the district's social studies coordinator, said Hill's influence in building the program at Putnam City West has been powerful.
“Neil is instrumental in recruiting and retaining students in the social studies classes and encourages all students to try an AP class. He strives to always stay informed by going to conferences every year, and he is a reader for the AP U.S. history exam. I couldn't imagine the success Putnam City West has had without the hard work of Neil Hill,” Chapman said.
Helped program grow
Hill's influence has increased advanced placement social studies opportunities for Putnam City West students through the years. When he began teaching AP European history at Putnam City West in 1999, the school had only one other AP social studies class. In 2001 he took on leadership of the social studies program, prompting the addition of more AP social studies classes.